Cornwall evening briefing: Barclays branch closure and 90 minute ambulance wait time

1. Cornwall Airbnb owner sickened by ‘prostitute’ booking request

An Airbnb owner from Cornwall said she had a stomach ache when she realized a would-be holidaymaker wanted to use her home for “her massage clients”. Jenna Lane rented a room at her home in Penny to vacationers since 2018 and has consistently received rave reviews.

Earlier this week she received a request from a Uruguayan woman living in Manchester which made her feel uneasy – then downright sick to the point that she decided to call the police and report a potential crime . Alarm bells started ringing for Jenna when the potential guest said that while she was traveling alone she wanted to have a separate entrance from her host and started asking personal questions about who lives in the property and if Jenna lives alone.

When Jenna turned the woman down, the potential guest said she wanted to use her room to have “massage clients” no more than three times a day. “She was asking me if I was living alone at home, which pissed me off a bit,” Jenna said. “When she mentioned using my room for massage clients, I felt sick.”

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2. A young chef gives Paul Ainsworth and Rick Stein a hard time

Gordon Ramsay is one of many celebrities who own secondary pensions in Cornwall

When you think of Cornwall’s successful chefs, Paul Ainsworth, Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Jude Kereama undoubtedly come to mind. But there are plenty of others who don’t get the TV spots or the kudos, but are worth shouting about.

One of these young chefs is Bobby Southworth. Born and raised in Falmouth, the self-taught chef started out as a kitchen assistant (after giving up a career as an electrician) and worked his way up to head chef at The Water’s Edge, Falmouth’s two AA rosette-winning restaurant. -Popular Greenbank Hotel.

Passionate about Cornish food and produce, Bobby is starting to make a name for himself, largely thanks to his special Taste of Cornwall evenings where he personally delivers dishes to guests and explains the ingredients and their relationship to the county.

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3. Barclays branch in Cornwall is about to close

File photo of a Barclays bank sign

Barclays Bank has announced that it will close one of its 13 branches in Cornwall later this year. St Austell’s Barclays Bank is set to close on June 24. The bank says the closure is the result of a number of factors, primarily that there are not enough customers using the branch.

In a report outlining the reasons for the closure, Barclays confirmed that the number of over-the-counter transactions at the branch has declined in the two years to March 2020. The statement adds that 86% of branch customers use online or mobile banking telephone and that these banking methods have increased since 2015.

Additionally, in the past 12 months, 27% of branch customers have used nearby branches. Barclays has identified that only 124 customers use the St Austell branch exclusively for banking.

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4. The Mayor of Truro feared for his life while waiting 90 minutes for an ambulance

Mayor of Truro Steven Webb and his mayor and daughter-in-law Kember
Mayor of Truro Steven Webb and his mayor and daughter-in-law Kember

The mayor of Truro said he was terrified for his life when he had a ‘crazy’ 90 minute wait for an ambulance – as his blood pressure rose and he started turning blue. Mayor Steven Webb, who is paralyzed from the waist down after a spinal injury 30 years ago, suffered an attack of autonomic dysreflexia on Monday evening March 21.

Autonomic dysreflexia is a semi-common problem for people who have suffered severe spinal injuries that raises your blood pressure, lowers your heartbeat, and can cause a stroke, heart attack, or cardiac arrest. Mr Webb said as soon as he noticed something was wrong he called an ambulance.

He explained that his blood pressure had increased to 230/160, with a pounding headache, heavy sweating and he was starting to turn blue from the condition. However, 20 minutes passed and despite the life-threatening condition, the emergency ambulance was nowhere to be found.

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5. Hayle Councilwoman was spat at in an unprovoked attack in front of her daughter

A councilman felt vulnerable after being spat in the face and threatened by a member of the public in an unprovoked attack.

Cllr Emily Brown, who sits on hayle The town council was accompanying one of her three daughters to the doctor’s surgery when a woman started yelling at her, approached her and spat in her face before shouting ‘I hope you get Covid and threatening to hit her.

The incident in broad daylight left the Independent Advisor feeling shaken and vulnerable, especially when it happened in front of her young daughter. But for the mum-of-three, it was the response – or rather the lack of response – she received from the police that made the situation worse.

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